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Rachel A. Estrada
Gorell Fundraiser Brings Washington Influence to Ventura County
Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Set to Raise Money for Jeff Gorell
Ventura County, CA- Today, Republican Majority Leader, Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), is hosting a fundraiser for Jeff Gorell—a former oil lobbyist and current Republican candidate for California’s 26th Congressional District.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has voted in favor of dramatically limiting a woman’s right to choose and has voted against equal pay legislation, like the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. For the past seven years, McCarthy has also supported the Ryan Budget, which seeks to balance the budget off the backs of seniors and middle-class families.
“Republican Majority Leader McCarthy is only interested in adding another vote to bolster his anti-woman, anti-middle class agenda. Jeff Gorell cannot claim that he would represent Ventura County’s middle class families when he so eagerly welcomes, with open pockets, Kevin McCarthy’s extreme agenda,” said Jacob Dusseau, Brownley campaign manager.
McCarthy for Gorell Fundraiser Invite
McCarthy Was An Original Co-Sponsor Of The 2011 No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act. According to Congress.gov, Representative Kevin McCarthy was an original co-sponsor of the 2011 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The bill was introduced on January 20, 2011, and passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2011. However, it failed to pass the Senate. [Congress.gov, “H.R. 3 – No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” 112th Congress, 2011-2012)
· Original Version Of 2011 No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act “Tried To Narrow The Definition Of Rape” By Only Allowing Insurance Coverage For Abortions In Cases Of “Forcible Rape.” According to the Huffington Post, “Ryan also cosponsored the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ with Akin in 2011. The GOP tried to narrow the definition of rape as it related to abortions with the measure. Only in instances of ‘forcible rape,’ the bill specified, would a woman be eligible to have her abortion covered under insurance.” [Huffington Post, 8/19/12]
2013: McCarthy Voted To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks. In June 2013, McCarthy voted for a bill banning most abortion across the country twenty weeks after conception. According to Congressional Quarterly, “Passage of the bill that would create a nationwide ban on abortions performed at 20 weeks or later, except in cases where the life of the woman is in danger. It would provide exceptions to the ban in cases of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest against a minor, if it has been reported to law enforcement or a government agency authorized to act on reports of child abuse. It also would impose criminal penalties on physicians who violate the ban and subject violators to a maximum five-year jail sentence, fines or both.” The House approved the bill by a vote of 228 to 196. As of November 2013, the Senate had taken any substantive action on the bill. [House Vote 251, 6/18/13; Congressional Quarterly, 6/18/13; Congressional Actions, H.R. 1797]
THE RYAN BUDGET
McCarthy Has Voted For Every Budget Authored By Current House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan That Has Been Brought To A Vote In The House While He Has Been A Congressman. McCarthy voted for Ryan’s budget resolutions in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. [House Vote 211, 3/29/07; House Vote 140, 3/13/08; House Vote 191, 4/2/09; House Vote 277, 4/15/11; House Vote 151, 3/29/12; House Vote 88, 3/21/13; House Vote 177, 4/10/14]
September, 2013: McCarthy Voted To Fund The Federal Government At Current Levels Through Mid-December 2013 And To Permanently Defund The Affordable Care Act. In September 2013, McCarthy voted for funding the federal government through December 15th while permanently defunding the Affordable Care Act. According to Congressional Quarterly, “The resolution continues funding for most government operations through Dec. 15 at current, post-sequester FY 2013 levels in order to continue government operations once FY 2014 begins on Oct. 1. It also permanently defunds the 2010 health care overhaul and allows the U.S. Treasury, once the statutory debt limit is reached, to continue borrowing over the debt limit until Dec. 15, 2014 — but only to pay the principal and interest on both government debt held by the public and on obligations to the Social Security trust fund.” The House passed the resolution by a vote of 230 to 189. The Senate subsequently replaced the text of the House-passed continuing resolution with a “clean” one that funded the federal government through November 15, 2013, and sent that back to the House for further action. [House Vote 478, 9/20/13; Congressional Quarterly, 9/19/13; Congressional Actions, H.J.Res.59]
· Partial Federal Government Shutdown Began On October 1, 2013 After Senate Rejected This And Several Other House Continuing Resolutions That Temporarily Funded The Government But Also Delayed Or Defunded The ACA. According to Congressional Quarterly, “Republicans remain opposed to the 2010 health care overhaul (PL 111-148; PL 111-152), and with central elements of the health care law set to go into effect — including operation of state health care exchanges on Oct. 1 and the requirement, starting January 2014, that all individuals buy health insurance coverage — GOP efforts to block or roll back elements of the law have become the focus of the debate over the need to enact a continuing appropriations resolution for FY 2014. The House has three times passed a CR that included health-care-related language, but Senate Democrats each time rejected those House provisions. […] On earlyTuesday morning, the House voted to request a formal conference with the Senate on the measure, but the Senate also rejected that effort, calling on the House to simply approve the Senate-passed ‘clean’ CR. […] The new fiscal year began at midnight Monday night, and because no funding agreement has been enacted, a partial shutdown of the government has begun.” [Congressional Quarterly, 10/2/13]
2008: McCarthy Voted Against The Paycheck Fairness Act, Which Made It Easier For Women To Successfully Sue Their Employers Over Unequal Compensation. In July 2008,McCarthy voted against a bill that, according to Congressional Quarterly, “would make it easier for women who are paid less than their male counterparts to bring suits against their employers and receive compensation. Employers seeking to justify unequal pay would have to prove that disparities are job-related and required by a business necessity. Workers who won wage discrimination cases could collect compensatory and punitive damages. As amended, it would specify that punitive damages could only be awarded to plaintiffs who prove intentional discrimination.” The House passed the bill, named the Paycheck Fairness Act, by a vote of 247 to 178. The Senate took no substantive action on the measure. [House Vote 556, 7/31/08; Congressional Quarterly, 7/31/08; Congressional Actions, H.R. 1338]
2009: McCarthy Voted Against Requiring That Employers Prove That Instances Of Unequal Pay For Men And Women Were Job Related. In January 2009, McCarthy voted against a bill that according to Congressional Quarterly “would [have] require[d] employers seeking to justify unequal pay for male and female workers to prove that such disparities are job-related and required by a business necessity. It would [have] bar[red] retaliation by employers against employees who share salary information with their co-workers. Workers who won wage discrimination cases could collect compensatory and punitive damages.” The House passed the bill by a vote of 256 to 163. The text of the bill was appended to the end of H.R. 11 as new matter. H.R. 11 was passed by the House, but the Senate took no substantive action. [House Vote 8, 1/9/09; Congressional Quarterly, 1/9/09; Congressional Actions, H.R. 12; Congressional Actions, H.R. 11]
2009: McCarthy Voted Against The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In 2009, McCarthy voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allowed lawsuits for pay discrimination to be filed within 180 days of any discrimination-affected paycheck, even if it was the result of discrimination that occurred more than 180 days ago. The bill effectively overturned the Supreme Court’s 2006 ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. According to The New York Times, in that case, “A jury found [Ledbetter’s] employer, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant in Gadsden, Ala., guilty of pay discrimination. But in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court threw out the case, ruling that she should have filed her suit within 180 days of the date that Goodyear first paid her less than her peers.” According to the New York Times, the Ledbetter Act “restarts the six-month clock every time the worker receives a paycheck.” The bill passed the House, 250 to 177, and President Obama signed it into law on January 29, 2009. [House Vote 37, 1/27/09; Public Law 111-2, 1/29/09; New York Times, 1/29/09]